PE and Health

The Physical Education curriculum is innovative and progressive. Through movement, students will develop the knowledge and skills that promote a well-balanced and holistic lifestyle. The aim of the Physical Education curriculum is to engage and extend students’ Physical Fitness, Skill Acquisition, Self Esteem, Cognitive Processing and Social Skill development as a means of promoting lifelong participation in physical activity. Physical Education is a compulsory subject for all students unless exempt for medical reasons with a medical certificate.

Course Summary

The Curriculum focus varies for each year group.

Year 7 - Students participate in a variety of units that focus on the development of fundamental motor skills. These skills include throwing, catching, kicking, striking and accuracy and are developed through modified games and cooperative learning tasks.

Year 8 - Students participate in traditional sports and develop skills, tactics and sportsmanship. This is a progression on the fundamental skills built in Year 7 as students apply this learning in a game situation.

Year 9 - Students participate in Sport Education. Students learn about all facets of a sporting competition. The students develop and implement all aspects of the competition including Sports Board, Scorers, Media Officers, Coaches, Captains and Equipment Officers. The sports played are new and modern sports, challenging students to further develop their movement skills.

Year 10 - Community and Leisure. Students learn about and access various activities that are available for the general community in combination with other traditional, sport based Physical Education units.

School Wide Units

Each year group also participates in a school wide Movement unit each term. The skills taught in these units are further developed as the students progress through the years.

Athletics- Students develop skills in traditional athletic events. They practise, apply and transfer movement concepts and strategies with and without athletic equipment. By Year 10, students apply criteria to make judgements about and refine own and others' athletic skills and movement performances.

Cross Country/Fitness- Students investigate and apply movement concepts and select strategies to achieve movement and fitness outcomes. They participate in physical activities that develop health-related and skill-related fitness components, and create and monitor personal fitness plans. By Year 10, students can propose and evaluate interventions to improve fitness and physical activity levels in communities

Dance- Students apply the elements of movement to compose and perform movement sequences while participating in social dance. By Year 10, students can analyse the impact of effort, space, time, objects and people when composing and performing movement sequences.

Cultural Games- Students participate in and investigate cultural and historical significance of a range of physical activities.  By Year 10, students can explain the role physical activity has played historically in defining cultures and cultural identities.


Students are expected to wear the following:

  • Black and red Belconnen High School PE t-shirt
  • Black tracksuit pants or shorts
  • Footwear appropriate for physical activity (these must have laces)
  • A hat, drink bottle and sunscreen are also recommended.

PE Electives

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education is a subject that fosters and encourages leadership and teamwork. We aim to prepare students for different situations, teach students how to identify and respond to safe and unsafe situations and apply the necessary skills to demonstrate a positive environmental ethic. Students can complete outdoor education over the 2 years with the focus on outdoor activities dependent on the season. Activities may include Surfing, Sea kayaking, Snorkelling, Stand-up paddling, Rock climbing, Abseiling, Orienteering, Rogaining, Skiing, Snowboarding, Hiking, Bushwalking, Outdoor specific first aid and Caving.

Sports Science

Sports Science is an elective subject that studies how the healthy human body works during exercise, and how sport and physical activity promote health and performance from cellular to whole body perspectives. Throughout the semester students will be exposed to a range of practical and theoretical classes that will develop and enhance knowledge of injury management, exercise prescription and how to apply these skills within real life settings.

Sports Leadership

Sports Leadership is designed to improve students' leadership skills, self-confidence, and knowledge of the principles and science of sports coaching. We aim to provide students with the opportunity to develop their public speaking skills, their ability to be adaptable and flexible in different situations as well as their ability to successfully work as a team to deliver positive learning experiences to younger students.